Lupita Nyong'o

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Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyongo (cropped).jpg
Nyong'o in 2013
Born1983 (30-31)
Mexico City, Mexico
OccupationActress / Filmmaker
Years active2004–present
 
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Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyongo (cropped).jpg
Nyong'o in 2013
Born1983 (30-31)
Mexico City, Mexico
OccupationActress / Filmmaker
Years active2004–present

Lupita Nyong'o (born 1983) is a Kenyan actress and filmmaker. She made her American film debut in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave (2013), as Patsey.

Personal life[edit]

Nyong'o was born in Mexico City, where her family were political refugees.[1][2][3] Her parents are Dorothy and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, a politician.[4] Peter was the former Kenyan Minister for Medical Services and was elected in 2013 to represent Kisumu County in the Kenyan Senate. Her cousin Isis Nyong'o was named one of Africa's most powerful women by Forbes magazine in 2012.[5][6]

Education and career[edit]

Nyong'o attended university in the United States. After graduating from Hampshire College with a degree in film and theatre studies,[7] she worked on the production crew of many films, including Fernando Meirelles's The Constant Gardener, with Ralph Fiennes, and Mira Nair's The Namesake. She starred in the 2008 short film East River, directed by Marc Grey and shot in Brooklyn, New York.[8] She returned to Kenya in 2008 and starred in the Kenyan television series Shuga. In 2009, she wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes, about the treatment of Kenya's albino population, which played at several film festivals.

She subsequently enrolled in the acting program at the Yale School of Drama.[9] At Yale she appeared in many stage productions, including Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter’s Tale.[3]

Nyong'o was cast in 12 Years a Slave immediately after her graduation from Yale in 2012.[10][11] The film was released in 2013 to great critical acclaim. Nyong'o received rave reviews for her performance,[12] and has been nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Supporting Actress. [13] She will next be featured in Liam Neeson's upcoming film Non-Stop.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2008East RiverShort
201312 Years a SlavePatseyAfrican-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakout Performance
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actress
Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble
Boston Online Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Boston Online Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Pauline Kael Breakout Award
Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Hamptons International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performer
Hollywood Film Festival New Hollywood Award
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Iowa Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Supporting Actress
North Carolina Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performance Award
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Village Voice Film Poll for Best Supporting Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Pending — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Pending — BAFTA Rising Star Award
Pending — Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pending — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Pending — Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Pending — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pending — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Pending — Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pending — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pending — International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Pending — London Film Critics Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the Year
Pending — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Pending — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Pending — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Pending — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Unforgettable Moment
Nominated — Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (Runner-Up)
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (Runner-Up)
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performance
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated — Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor
Nominated — IGN Award for Best Movie Actress
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (Runner-Up)
Nominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (Runner-Up)
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance on Camera
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (Runner-Up)
Nominated — Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014Non-StopGwenPost-Production

Television[edit]

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2009ShugaAyiraMiniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
201317th Hollywood Film AwardsNew Hollywood Award12 Years a SlaveWon
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role12 Years a SlavePending
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture12 Years a SlavePending
2013Golden Globe AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture12 Years a SlaveNominated

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